Q: Dalmatian owners! Do their skulls actually stop growing?

December 5, 2011 | By Liz R. | 2 answers | Expired: 1074 days ago

Liz R.

I have heard this before that their skulls actually stop growing and that why they become mean? But i think it is how you raise and train your dog. I just would like to hear your answers. Because my Max is 3 years old and he is the sweetest thing. He does fine around some kids but i do not have any yet. Just wondering

Readers' Answers (2)

Dec 06, 2011

That is just one of those urban legends that people create to rationalize hating or being scared of some breed of dog. The same rumor has been used about pit bulls, dobermans, chows, and many other breeds. All their skulls grow normally just like every other breed and then stop growing in adulthood when they should stop. There is always going to be the occasional dog that has some sort of behavioral problem that nobody can explain or that can be attributed to inbreeding or some sort of medical problem, but most bad dogs are victims of poor handling. When socialized and trained properly, treated with love and respect, most dogs are going to be good dogs. personally, I've never met a "mean" dalmatian. Someone in my network rescues them and always has a lot of them running around.

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Dec 06, 2011

I hadn't heard of that one before. Some people come up with the silliest things. Every dalmatian I've met, young and old, has been friendly and gentle. This is one of the few breeds that can do a multitude of jobs. Usually a breed is designed to do one or two tasks, but a dalmatian can be a companion, a guard dog, a hunter, and on and on and on. Some of these, like guarding and hunting, may lend to the myth that they could be a vicious dog. The dog will do what they were raised to do and b/c most people don't put time into shaping their dog's adult behavior, they could adopt a negative reputation. The oldest dalmatian I knew lived to be 15, almost 16, and he was as gentle and affectionate then as the day I met him.

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